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    Maldives residents report seeing low-flying aircraft on day MH370 disappeared

    Malaysia may have to rope in the Maldives for help if it is true that the island nation's residents spotted the missing MH37O on the day it disappeared.
    Local news site Haveeru Online reported on Tuesday that residents of Kuda Huvadhoo, a remote Maldives island in Dhaal Atoll saw a "low-flying jumbo jet" on the morning of March 8.
    Coincidentally, Bahasa Malaysia newspaper Berita Harian also reported on Tuesday that investigators have found five airport runways, which included the Male International Airport in the Maldives, loaded in MH370 pilot Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah's homemade flight simulator.
    Haveeru Online reported that several residents told the news site that they saw the plane at 6.15am local time (9.15am Malaysian time) on March 8.
    The eyewitnesses claimed that the plane, which was white with red stripes, was travelling southeast towards Addu, the southern tip of the Maldives.
    They also reported that they heard the incredibly loud noise that the plane made when it flew over the island.
    "I've never seen a jet flying so low over our island before. We've seen seaplanes, but I'm sure that this was not one of those. I could even make out the doors on the plane clearly.
    "It's not just me either, several other residents have reported seeing the exact same thing. Some people got out of their houses to see what was causing the tremendous noise too," an eyewitness said.
    http://my.news.yahoo.com/maldives-re...161933843.html

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    Re: Maldives residents report seeing low-flying aircraft on day MH370 disappeared

    I dunno, it's amazing during events such as these how many people come out of the woodwork having "seen things".

    Not doubting the validity of the story but just keeping an open mind.

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    Re: Maldives residents report seeing low-flying aircraft on day MH370 disappeared

    Quote Originally Posted by Jetboogieman View Post
    I dunno, it's amazing during events such as these how many people come out of the woodwork having "seen things".

    Not doubting the validity of the story but just keeping an open mind.
    This was rather interesting to me anyway... from the article...

    Coincidentally, Bahasa Malaysia newspaper Berita Harian also reported on Tuesday that investigators have found five airport runways, which included the Male International Airport in the Maldives, loaded in MH370 pilot Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah's homemade flight simulator

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    Re: Maldives residents report seeing low-flying aircraft on day MH370 disappeared

    I thought the Maldives were out of range of the suposed potential flight corridor?

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    Re: Maldives residents report seeing low-flying aircraft on day MH370 disappeared

    Quote Originally Posted by Jetboogieman View Post
    I dunno, it's amazing during events such as these how many people come out of the woodwork having "seen things".

    Not doubting the validity of the story but just keeping an open mind.
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    Re: Maldives residents report seeing low-flying aircraft on day MH370 disappeared

    Quote Originally Posted by Top Cat View Post
    Everyone's running around like chickens with their heads cut off. Maybe it's true. So I suppose they'll change the search area again. Hopefully somebody's driven over to that airport that matches the simulator model he was using. Jesus.

    It's unbelievable to me that we don't make use of the technology I'm sure we have that would prevent this from ever happening. If not in real time, then certainly in hindsight, we should be able to track any passenger plane in the air.

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    Re: Maldives residents report seeing low-flying aircraft on day MH370 disappeared

    Quote Originally Posted by Jetboogieman View Post
    I dunno, it's amazing during events such as these how many people come out of the woodwork having "seen things".

    Not doubting the validity of the story but just keeping an open mind.
    It's been my life experience that any time someone says, "I'm sure . . ." they're not sure at all. Think about it. That's the truth.

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    Re: Maldives residents report seeing low-flying aircraft on day MH370 disappeared

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    Everyone's running around like chickens with their heads cut off. .
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    Re: Maldives residents report seeing low-flying aircraft on day MH370 disappeared

    Can't we just cry "Bermuda Triangle" and go on with our college basketball brackets?

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    Re: Maldives residents report seeing low-flying aircraft on day MH370 disappeared

    Quote Originally Posted by Top Cat View Post


    Kuda Huvadhoo, is roughly 2,000nm - 2,500nm southwest of both the departure point in Kuala Lumpur and the last known transponder fix off the east coast of Malaysia. With the IFR reserves and the given fuel load for Flight 379 that day, it did have enough fuel to reach Kuda Huvadhoo, in the Maldives chain. However, Addu City, is roughly 233nm southeast of Kuda Huvadhoo and that puts the fuel load below that which is necessary to reach it.

    If the aircraft was flying that low then it most certainly did not have standard altitude fuel burn numbers to work with and would have been operating in a highly disadvantageous fuel efficiency profile. Aircraft turbine engines are designed to reach optimal fuel efficiency profiles at altitude not down at sea level. Fuel consumption between Kuda Huvadhoo and Addu City, would have been exceedingly high for the 233nm leg.

    But, it just does not matter because the total fuel on-board (unless that was somehow changed before departure) is well under the that necessary to get this aircraft from the last transponder fix to Kuda Huvadhoo and then on to Addu City, especially while operating at virtual sea level altitudes. If somehow the fuel profile on-board at departure was sufficient, then by the time these "eye witnesses" noticed anything, this aircraft would have been flying on residual vapor - not even vapor.

    The fuel burn numbers don't add up - especially at these altitudes. Once again, this whole thing makes zero sense and the story being put forth is seriously flawed.



    Those legs are not possible given the fuel load for Flight 370. Unless it landed and refueled before heading to Kuda Huvadhoo, Maldives.
    Last edited by PW4000; 03-18-14 at 07:21 PM.

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